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Happy Birthday Little Billy This Day in Country Music – May 24th (Video)

1988 – Billy Gilman is born in Westerly, Rhode Island. Making his TV debut at age 11 on the Academy of Country Music awards, he becomes an ACM nominee by age 12, as his crystal vocal tones propel his debut album, “One Voice,” to 1 million sales.


2012 – Jennifer Nettles sings “Stay” with contestant John Glosson as ABC-TV debuts the music competition “Duets.” Nettles is joined as a coach by Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and John Legend.


2010 – Josh Turner scoops up a gold single for “Why Don’t We Just Dance”.


2003 – Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” gets posted at #1 on the Billboard country chart.


1994 – MCA releases David Lee Murphy’s debut album, “Out With A Bang”.


1991 – The movie “Thelma & Louise” is released, with Pam Tillis a partial inspiration for the character of Thelma Dickinson. The movie includes music by Tillis, Kelly Willis and Glenn Frey, plus Tammy Wynette’s “I Don’t Wanna Play House”.


1975 – “I’m Not Lisa” brings Jessi Colter her only #1 country single in Billboard.


1955 – Rosanne Cash is born in Memphis, Tennessee. The daughter of Johnny Cash, she infuses pop and rock influences in her own progressive recording career beginning in the late-1970s, winning a Grammy for “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”.


1947 – Mike Reid is born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. A first-round NFL draft pick in 1970, he nabs a country hit 20 years later with “Walk On Faith,” although he earns more success as a songwriter on “Inside,” “He Talks To Me,” “In This Life” and others.


1941 – Robert Zimmerman, the future Bob Dylan, is born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. The singer-songwriter pens several country hits, including “It Ain’t Me Babe,” “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “To Make You Feel My Love”.

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